Grandma charged with murder after toddler baked in an oven in Mississippi, cops say

Carolyn Jones is charged with 1st degree murder.
Carolyn Jones is charged with 1st degree murder. Boliver County Sheriff's Office

UPDATED: 7:35 a..m. Wednesday with updates after grandmother charged with murder.

Carolyn Jones, 48, has been charged with murder after police say a 20-month-old toddler was stabbed and placed in an oven and baked in a home in Bolivar County, NBC News reported.

Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams said they did not know a motive yet, according to the station.

“We have no idea at this point. Again, we might get some closure once we sit down with the investigator and once they present that to a judge for official charges,” he said.

She was held on a $500,000 bail, WJCL reported.

Sheriff Williams confirmed at a news conference that the toddler was found in an oven and had been burned, according to TV station WREG video of the news conference.

Police said the victim, a 20-month-old girl from Shaw, Miss., was found in the residence shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, according to WTVA. The name of the girl was not released.

A family member found the body of the toddler at the home and called police, Williams said at the news conference.

The child’s body was sent to a crime lab in Jackson for an autopsy, Williams said at the news conference. Officials will work to determine if the toddler was dead before or after being placed in the oven, according to WTVA.

Shaw is a small town of fewer than 2,000 people about a two-hour drive from the state capital of Jackson.

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